Published on 28/11/2017

Duties of the EURL

The Brucellosis EURL missions

  • Coordinate the methods employed in the MS for diagnosing brucellosis;
  • Typing, storing and supplying strains of Brucella sp.
  • Preparing, controlling and supplying EU Standard sera and other reference reagents to the NRLs (to standardise tests and reagents in the MS)
  • Validating reference reagents (antigens and National Standard sera)
  • Building up and maintain a sera bank, a collection of Brucella sp., and a database of strains isolated across the EU
  • Organising periodical comparative tests of diagnostic procedures at EU level and operating laboratory proficiency tests of NRLs
  • Collecting and collating data and information on the methods of diagnosis used and the results of tests carried out in the EU
  • Characterizing Brucella sp by the most up-to-date methods available to allow greater understanding of the epidemiology of brucellosis
  • Keeping abreast of development in brucellosis surveillance, epidemiology and prevention throughout the world
  • Acquiring a thorough knowledge of the preparation and use of the products of vet. immunology used to eradicate and to control brucellosis including the evaluation of vaccines

 

  • Facilitate harmonization of techniques throughout the EU, in particular specifying standard test methodologies
  • Organise workshops for the benefit of NRLs, including training of experts from the MS and, as appropriate, from non-member countries, in new analytical methodologies.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Commission, concerning in particular the standardisation of analytical methods and their implementation
  • Perform research activities and whenever possible co-ordinate research activities directed towards improving control and eradication of brucellosis, specifically by:
  • Carrying out or collaborating with NRLs in carrying out test validation trials
  • Providing scientific advice to the Commission services and collecting information and reports associated with the activities of the EURL
  • Assist actively in the diagnosis of brucellosis outbreaks in MS by receiving pathogen isolates for confirmatory diagnosis, characterisation and epidemiological studies;
  • Facilitate the initial or further training of experts in laboratory diagnosis with a view to the harmonisation of diagnostic techniques throughout the EU;
  • Collaborating, as regards diagnostic methods, with the competent laboratories in third countries where the disease is prevalent;
  • Conduct initial and further training courses for the benefit of staff from NRLs and of experts from developing countries.